Board Member

We are looking for experienced and passionate people to join our Board of Directors and assist us in strategic development and governance.

What we’re looking for

Our Board members are a pretty special bunch of people. Some have been involved with Tidal since the late 90’s, some have got involved in the last few years, but all bring something unique to Tidal. The Board of Directors steers Tidal, keeping it focussed on supporting, coordinating and growing the global justice movement in Leeds. They are also involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation – speaking at events, making banners, running campaigns – anything and everything really!

The Board is committed to global justice action in Leeds and members bring their wide range of skills, knowledge, experience, perspectives and strategic thought to Tidal. We’re really looking for a diverse mix of people to bring different experiences, so don’t worry if you’re not a legal guru but you’re passionate about campaigning or you don’t love event planning but are great at policy writing, there’s room for a big mix of skills and interests.

Getting technical…

The Board has two main responsibilities: steering Tidal and making the projects and campaigns happen.

The Board keeps Tidal on track by setting and monitoring strategic plans, overseeing finances, managing resources and making sure we’re keeping to our vision, mission and values. Board members are responsible for the sound running of the organisation, and are legally liable for its actions.

As well as this governance role, Board members are also expected to help carry out the day-to-day work of Tidal. We have two strands of work: running campaigns on issues of ecological and economic global justice, and undertaking projects to build the ecological and economic justice movement in Leeds. Board members will be expected to lend time and expertise to these activities.

The main duties of a Board Member are to:

  • Set and monitor our strategic plan.
  • Safeguard the vision, mission and values in decision-making.
  • Ensure compliance to articles of association, legislation, local regulations, and our own policies, procedures and governing documents.
  • Ensure Tidal is well run and has good governance.
  • Be an ambassador for Tidal.
  • Get hands-on with the work of Tidal, helping run campaigns and movement-building initiatives.
  • Attend Board meetings (around 6 per year, plus a couple away days) and sit on relevant sub-committees.
  • Spend around 15 hours per month on Tidal business. (this is an estimate – please don’t be put off!)

Person Specification

We’re looking for people with the following qualities (it’s not comprehensive and we don’t expect you to have all of them):

  • Passionate about our cause and our approach
  • Strategic thinkers
  • Creative
  • Speak their mind
  • Understand the role of a Board member and its legal responsibilities
  • Familiar with issues of economic and ecological global justice
  • Familiar with campaigning and approaches to building social movements
  • Possess high personal integrity

We’re also looking for people with particular skills and experience in the following:

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising
  • Legal knowledge
  • Strategic planning
  • Advanced understanding of movement Building

Further Reading

There is a wealth of support available for potential Board members, and we’ll recommend training through Voluntary Action Leeds for new board members.

We recommend the following resources if you’d like to find out more about what being on a board means:

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about becoming a one of Tidal’s Board, please get in touch with our Chair, David Pattinson at info@leedstidal.org